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Metz City Council

It’s important for local authorities to find ways to be more efficient, remain secure, and adapt to the need for mobility. The BlackBerry solution is the best platform to all three requirements.
Bertrand Lang IT & telecoms director, Metz City Council
  • Industry: Government and Public Sector
  • Region: EMEA
  • Company Size: Large
  • Solution: Secure Mobile Web Applications
Full Story


  • The City Council traditionally used a ‘signature book’ to collect approvals from all councillors on matters of business. The old paper version was impractical as for security reasons the book had to be kept on the premises at all times to be signed
  • Metz Council created an electronic version available on the intranet but this was not convenient as off-site VPN access was necessary. Councillors requested a mobile version for easier access
  • Crucially, the solution needed to be secure enough to circulate sensitive documents


  • BlackBerry® Smartphones
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
  • BlackBerry® Browser for web applications


  • Integrating the e-signature book into the BlackBerry® solution has significantly improved efficiency. Today 70% of documents are signed off in under 24 hours, while in the past it could take up to 10 days
  • The solution has cut down on the need for hard copy documents – handling over 1,000 documents a month in a secure format, it has helped to eliminate 70% of paper signature books